He had been delusional about women by Gertrude’s actions. He is consumed by the absurdity of his mother’s love for his uncle and is justified to feel disgust towards his mother, her actions and implications and in doing so provoked hamlet’s unforgivable treatment of all women as a whole. Although Hamlet gives off the illusion that Shakespeare is enormously disgusted by the female race Hamlet’s outlook doesn’t really reflect Shakespeare’s attitude of women. In Gertrude’s choice to marry so soon after her husband’s death she transgresses the patriarchal bound of femininity. She refuses to remain in passive grief and obedient devotion to his memory.
Her husband, the person who vowed to be with her the rest of her life, talks to her like she is not worth anything. Along with the Renaissance time periods beliefs, Iago displays inadequate ho... ... middle of paper ... ...r husbands. Although a minor character in William Shakespeare’s tragic play Othello, Emilia exists as a vital component to revealing his views on women being obsequious to their husbands and his negative connotation on marriage. Emilia’s decision to remain silent drives the play and in the end causes it to turn tragic with multiple deaths. Desdemona and Emilia can be perceived as a foil to each other because of their different beliefs for women’s roles in marriage.
When Emilia decides to deny herself to conforming to social norms, she boastfully follows her beliefs that Desdemona is innocent, irregardless that there are indeed some women, including herself, who are not pure but only because it is their husbands faults that cause women to commit adultery. Today, vast amounts of individuals admire the woman that Emilia exemplifies in her last tragic moments on earth. For it is here that she blesses women in society for ages and ages to come the utter most essential qualities of strength and bravery. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. Othello, The Moor of Venice.
"Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o' th' milk of humane kindness, to catch the nearest way". This is ironic because he treats her as an equal and yet she thinks that he should be more like her. It is Lady Macbeth's ambition that makes her think of murder. After hearing about the prophecy, she takes it upon herself to make sure that it comes true, rather than waiting for it. Shakespeare wants the audience to see the powerful and impatient side of Lady Macbeth in this part of the scene.
Her father’s disapproval of the Moor causes her to remind her father that “Othello is her husband; and just like her mother showed to him, she will put her husband over her father’s beliefs” (1.3.183-186). Her pure judgment of others seeks to see the good in others so much that she becomes oblivious to Othello’s jealousy disputes. Her blindness of truth causes her to lose her life due to false accusations that Iago embedded in Othello’s head. Even while on her death bed, she refuses to admit to her friend Emilia that Othello is her murder. Desdemona is, “at once the property and an angel of selflessness… that looks forward to the bourgeois age and to its conception of women” (Rose.284).
Ultimately, Emilia’s admiration of Desdemona influences her to speak the truth against her husband Iago. Emilia’s admission pardons her from the guilt she holds for partaking in Iago’s heinous deed. In a way, Desdemona’s influence is the source of Emilia’s salvation before her death just as Jesus did for man. However, the most prominent act that links Desdemona to a Christ-l... ... middle of paper ... ...d against evil, and a woman warrior. Works Cited Dash, Irene G. Wooing Wedding & Power: Women in Shakespeare's Plays.
They were all somehow blinded by love and let it dictate their actions. Shakespeare placed this portrayals of women in his comedy to address how society viewed women. He uses examples of boldness to show how it was unacceptable to defy authorities. Women were to marry men who could financially and politically advantage her family and could not anticipate finding love on their own. He also portrays women as vulnerable to show that society believed women were weak to love and could only make unwise or dangerous decisions because of it.
For many years, in the older eras, women had always been categorized as insignificant, and worthless. Because of this, women were forced to conform to the stereotype of depending on men, and were subjected to what the men said. William Shakespeare demonstrates this in the play Hamlet. The women are portrayed to deserve their fate because of their inability to be independent and their ability to be easily influenced. In the play, Shakespeare demonstrates that both Gertrude and Ophelia deserve their fate.
This bitterness may be because he feels he has been betrayed by the 2 main women in his life. His mother by marrying Claudius and Ophelia by rejecting him. Women often have symbolic roles in Hamlet. Gertrude isn’t an evil character but is tainted by Claudius. This proves that Shakespeare presents women as being morally week, and led by men, rather than making their own choices.
What Shakespeare conveyed in this scene is not madness, but the voice of a repressed woman. The first sign of Ophelia’s oppression is shown with her quick obedience to the men around her and this gives a typical representation of Elizabethan women. Ophelia doesn’t hesitate to say “No, my good lord, but as you did command,/ I did repel his letters and denied/ His access to me” [II.I. 106 – 108] and Polonius doesn’t hesitate to sell his daughter out either when he commands her to “Read on this book,/That show of such an exe... ... middle of paper ... ...ll his arm,” which helps create a visual image of Ophelia acting out what Hamlet specifically did to her.(II.I. 85 – 86).